1.19.2015

Kodachrome Classic Monday #29

Every Monday, I'll be spotlighting a different classic Kodachrome slide that I've picked up, and trying where I can to detail the who, what, when, where, why, and how (much) of the image:

This Week:

What: Overhead view of a snowy business district.
Why: It is hardly the best technical shot I have ever featured.  In fact, it may well be the worst.  The focus is fuzzy and the color is off.  Still, this image gives off a vibe that few do to really give off the feeling of a raw and snowy day in a classic vintage Downtown setting. 

When: The border style of the Kodachrome suggests late 1950's, and the fins visible on many of the cars definitely substantiate that era
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Where: Detroit, MI. As advertised, the slide was sold as maybe being taken in New York, but a few clues didn't seem to work well with that, particularly the paint scheme on the bus.  After some searching of a few 1950's bus schemes in larger cities, I'd finally found what seemed to match in Detroit, and after a rather considerable bit of scouring through Google Street view, I actually managed to locate just where this was taken, despite the area having undergone considerable change.  The building from which this was taken has been demolished, while the building to the right managed to remain pretty much intact.  The notable building in the foreground has been significantly altered with a "pretty" modern face overlaid on its exterior, but fortunately, the window arrangement still tells the clues of it being the same structure underneath.  The whole area definitely doesn't have the urban vibe of this photo today.   


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Who: Despite how "vibrant" this photo is in a lot of ways, there are very few folks to be found in this view.      

How (much): Picked up at ebay for the opening bid of $4.99.